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NCJ Number: 155178 Find in a Library
Title: Pretrial Services Program
Corporate Author: Pretrial Services Resource Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Pretrial Services Resource Ctr
Washington, DC 20005
Contract Number: 88-DD-CX-K007
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Focusing on the basic elements of pretrial services programs, this document is intended to assist jurisdictions seeking to start or improve the performance of such a program, which can help court systems manage their increasing caseloads efficiently and recommend effective treatment for drug-using offenders.
Abstract: The concepts presented are based on experiences with operational programs developed over the past 15 years. The report summarizes the crucial components of these programs, the optional services they can provide, and performance measures for determining effectiveness. The discussion notes that a good pretrial program includes an effective drug testing program. It also points out that these programs are designed to improve the release/detention decision process in criminal courts by providing complete, accurate, nonadversarial information to judicial officers; identify those for whom alternative forms of supervision may be more appropriate than incarceration; and monitor released pretrial arrestees to ensure compliance with conditions of release imposed by the judicial officer for the benefit of public safety. The central elements of a program can be grouped into three categories: (1) procedures used before and during the defendant's initial court appearance, (2) procedures used following the initial court appearance to monitor defendants and aid them in making their court appearances, and (3) management and data collection procedures that permit a program to examine the effectiveness of its practices. List of sources of further information and assistance and appended pretrial services standards
Main Term(s): Court procedures
Index Term(s): Post-arrest procedures; Pretrial detention; Pretrial programs; Pretrial services agencies
Note: BJA Program Brief
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